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crisscross

Syllabification: criss·cross
Pronunciation: /ˈkriskrôs
 
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Definition of crisscross in English:

noun

A pattern of intersecting straight lines or paths: the crisscross of wrinkles on his face
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  • I only bought this book because I liked the cover - its purple with black criss-crosses.
  • The tropical grass made criss-crosses on our legs as we sat.
  • With criss-crosses stitched in the middle, like cartoon drunk eyes.

adjective

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(Of a pattern) containing a number of straight lines or paths that intersect each other: the streets ran in a regular crisscross pattern
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  • Here's the lawn today, with it's stunning criss-cross pattern.
  • Flatten lightly with fork to make criss-cross pattern.
  • Signature details included intricate criss-cross fabric weaving, long lines and flowing fringe-like ties.

adverb

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In a pattern of intersecting straight lines: the swords were strung crisscross on his back

verb

[with object] (usually be crisscrossed) Back to top  
1Form a pattern of intersecting lines or paths on (a place): the green hill was crisscrossed with a network of sheep tracks
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  • Rhododendrons line some of the many paths that criss-cross the park.
  • Half a dozen tree lined boulevards criss-cross the city with French elegance and the streets through the middle heave with traffic of all kinds.
  • The long term goal is to build monorail lines criss-crossing the city, creating a true transportation alternative for Seattle residents.
1.1 [no object] (Of straight lines or paths) intersect repeatedly: the smaller streets crisscrossed in a grid pattern
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  • The mural is so captivating, with white diagonal lines crisscrossing in all directions, that you hardly see the orderly rows of windows immersed within.
  • It follows 20 or so characters as they wander around the titular city over a few days, their individual paths crisscrossing at various points.
  • These lines crisscrossed, joined and remained separate all at once.
1.2Move or travel around (a place) by going back and forth repeatedly: the President crisscrossed America
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  • And so he kept on the move, criss-crossing a large region of gently rolling Cheshire countryside.
  • An estimated 10,000 working girls will be on the move, criss-crossing the country to follow the fans - and the money - around.
  • Mr Baxter has travelled thousands of miles criss-crossing the constituency.

Origin

early 17th century (denoting a figure of a cross preceding the alphabet in a hornbook): from Christ-cross (in the same sense in late Middle English), from Christ's cross. The form was later treated as a reduplication of cross.

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